Retire in Spain

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Spain Is a European Retirement Paradise

Retiring in Spain is an increasingly popular option for many expats looking for a retirement that combines First-World European luxuries and charms with Spain’s famously sunny climate and abundant seaside living.

Retire in Spain on the Costa del Sol

For Europeans, the Costa del Sol is the most popular part of the Spanish coastline to buy, rent, or invest in real estate. Part of Andalusia province, its infrastructure is excellent: there are international schools, first-class medical facilities–and there’s certainly no problem finding real estate agents, doctors, and lawyers who speak English. Some areas along this coast are highrise horrors, of less appeal to North Americans than to sunshine-obsessed British, Germans, and Scandinavians. North Americans looking to immerse themselves in Spanish culture may instead want to check out seaside Málaga, with its museums, shops, ancient history—and fast, modern air and rail connections to the rest of Spain. Or they may prefer exclusive areas like the smart marina resort of Puerto Banús.

Retiring on the Orange Blossom Coast

Travel an hour north of Valencia and you’re in the heart of the Costa de Azahar–the Orange Blossom Coast. Still largely untargeted by foreign vacationers and homebuyers, it boasts acres of orange and almond groves, as well as sandy beaches like those of the Costa Blanca, farther south. And it must be said that it shares some of the same highrise developments… though that doesn’t deter hordes of summertime vacationers from Madrid and other large Spanish cities. But you’ll also find traditional Spanish villages…. With a population of just 12,000, Benicassim feels totally Spanish. Five wonderful sandy beaches stretch for almost 5 miles. And although there are some unattractive tower blocks, the backdrop of green mountains is unscarred by ribbon developments of bungalows. Criss-crossed with ancient pilgrim paths, these sierras are especially lovely at sunset when they take on a rosy pink glow.

Retiring on the Costa Dorada

South of Barcelona lies the Costa Dorada. Dotted with towns like Castelldefels, Sitges, and Vilanova I la Geltrú, this stretch of coast offers sophisticated living as well as beautiful beaches…and is an easy suburban-train ride to Barcelona and its big-city amenities.

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